It was appropriate for the lamb to be slaughtered on the following afternoon, and when Jesus was put to death that day he represented the Lamb of God to be slaughtered for all.
|Deposition. Heures d'Étienne Chevalier, enluminées par Jean Fouquet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
On the fourteenth day of the first month, between the evenings, is Jehovah's Passover. Then the fifteenth day of that month is the Feast of Fermentation-free bread to [Jehovah]. There were seven days of Passover started after sundown on Nisan 14. That evening (the first full moon nearest the spring equinox) is when the Israelites were to begin a week of eating meals with fermentation-free bread. Then, on the following afternoon (which was the same day), the lamb was to be led to the Temple as a sacrifice; and the portions that were not offered to God and the Priest were taken home for the feast. So, the lamb was slaughtered at the end of the first day, then it was roasted and eaten after sunset that evening, which was the start of the second day.
Nisan 14 was referred to as 'Preparation,' because that's when the people were to prepare the lamb for the Passover feast. These lambs were traditionally kept inside the home and tied to a bedpost for four days prior to the Passover festival. It was then sacrificed late in the afternoon of Nisan 14. So, Nisan 15 was called Passover, because it was the day when the actual Feast was to be held, according to God's Law (see Numbers 28:17).
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